The BlackBoard from SparkFun is everything you need in an Arduino Uno with many extra perks. BlackBoard has all of the hardware peripherals you know and love: 14 Digital I/O pins with 6 PWM pins, 4 Analog Inputs, UART, and SPI with a handful of external interrupt pins. BlackBoard even has an SMD ISP header to connect SPI pins to shields.
We've applied every lesson we've learned about making a better Uno and created the BlackBoard. The USB to serial is now done with a reversible USB C connector with through hole anchoring and the ubiquitous CH340C requiring fewer driver installs. The power portion of the BlackBoard has been reworked: we upgraded the 3.3V regulator to provide up to 600mA, with full thermal and reverse circuit protection, and added extra decoupling capacitance to increase the sensitivity of the ADC readings. We've decreased the brightness of the power LED, pin 13 LED, and the TX/RX LEDs from blinding to just perfect. We've added 3.3V voltage translation and a Qwiic connector to the edge of the board to allow for quick and seamless connection to our ever-growing line of I2C based Qwiic products. We've added solder pads to the bottom of the board for D+/D- so you can embed your BlackBoard into a project and run an external USB connection. We've increased the height of the reset button. This doesn't sound like much, but everyone who's touched it loves the improvement. And finally, we've increased the PTC from 500mA to 2A so that you can capture the full power of USB C.
For more advanced users we've added an I/O jumper. Cut the trace to 5V and solder a jumper to the 3.3V side and the board will run at 3.3V. This is extremely handy if you have a shield or 3.3V sensitive devices, such as an SPI interface, that needs protecting.
The SparkFun BlackBoard comes fully tested with the Optiboot bootloader and can be easily programmed with the 'Arduino/Genuino Uno' option from within Arduino. You can power the BlackBoard over USB or through the barrel jack. The on-board power regulator can handle anything from 7 to 15VDC. The barrel jack can support up to 2 amps while the USB connection is limited to 0.5A. Check out the related items below for a compatible wall-wart power supply.
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I now own the new version (rev C) and the previous one, and the more I use it the more I appreciate its simplicity and well thought-out design. It is clear Sparkfun is all-in on the Quiic system (and for a good reason). The way the provide support on the Blackboard is excellent; the Qwiic connector contains the level translator for the +3.3V Qwiic system, but the SDA/SCL lines still maintain +5V support. The USB-C is a plus (the more I use it the more I love the standard).
This is no ARM board, but for the Uno line this is my new go-to for quick development.
Other than agreeing with the other reviewer in saying that this is my new go-to board if I need an Uno platform. It fixes literally every single qualm I had with the original vanilla design. I am slightly confused by what seems to be an extra pair of jumper pads below the USB-C connector labeled "PNY". Or is that just referring to something else, and they're just for testing the board in the factory? Other than that, I feel like I know this thing inside and out! EDIT: I just realized I forgot to change the star rating, I meant to make it a 5/5. Well done y'all.
Thank you! The PNY jumper is my tongue in cheek joke. It's the 'penny' jumper. If you close that jumper, you short across the PTC fuse, effectively putting a penny in the fuse holder. Sorry, the schematic was old. I've updated it. Thanks for pointing that out!